Our Newsletter, News & Views contains a message from the President, minutes from our last meeting, list of activities, reports on recent events, history and classifieds. We also feature a cover car with a bio. This car was featured in a recent issue.

July 2021 Newsletter:
Owner: Lou and Barbara Mandich

Ford introduced the medium-priced Mercury in 1939 to compete with the slightly upscale Pontiac, Dodge and Hudson cars. It was really a Ford in evening dress- sharing the Ford’s 90 Horsepower V8 and transmission but with upscale interiors and trim. Nobody needs another antique car - but … I made the difficult decision to sell the 1937 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan in November - after it won a First Grand National. It was probably too nice a car to drive - so I flipped a figurative coin - if it would sell for what I had in it - it was too good to drive - if it was not worth that much - then I would drive it and not worry about it. The Buick was the best car I ever had - and yet - it took 2 people 20 minutes to put the top down and another 20 minutes to put the top up again. So occasional top-down driving was an occasion but also a chore. So, when it sold - I remembered an ad I had seen in the July issue of The Antique Automobile and e-mailed the owner in Florida. It just so happened that Jeff Geist was going to Florida and would be driving right past where the owner’s museum and home are located. So - Jeff looked at the car - said it was a good one - and now I have it. The car won an AACA National First Award in 2006 and is a genuinely nice driver. It has a Columbia 2 speed rear axle, so it is a great highway cruiser – and - it has a top that goes up and down in about 5 minutes. My first introduction to a Convertible was in about 1947 - when my father’s friend - Jack Van Cleeve - parked in front of our house in Coatesville with a 1940 Ford Convertible. They put me in the back seat and said “Don’t touch anything” - and suddenly the top went down and the clear sky opened above me. I was astonished and never forgot it. This Mercury has the identical mechanism. Now - maybe I can do the same thing with this Mercury. And - Barbara likes the color.

June 2021 Newsletter:
Article from Tom Deane

Country kids have fond memories of summer visits to their “city slicker” friends, in part because of ice cream trucks. When the ice cream truck arrived in a neighborhood, signaled by music broadcast over a loud speaker, play time stopped and everyone gathered to enjoy frozen treats. Tim Musselman grew up in Galion, Ohio, where the Andrews Dairy truck made regular stops. Tim’s memories of those days resurfaced after members of his car club visited a collector’s home where an unusual truck was displayed. “I could not be along that day,” he says. “Without any specifics, club members encouraged me to check it out.” Out of curiosity, he went to see the truck, which turned out to be a 1948 International Model KB-2 from the Andrews Dairy fleet. “It was the same truck from which we bought ice cream as kids. It immediately captured my interest, as I loved the style of that truck,” he says. “The engine didn’t run, but the metal was reasonably good. Within 10 minutes from when I first saw the truck, I had it bought for $8,000. The truck had additional meaning as my dad’s print shop provided services for Andrews Dairy.” Seeing the truck spurred memories. “I remembered those great times, playing with my friends as a kid,” Tim says. “When the ice cream truck came into our neighborhood, kids would yell, ‘the ice cream man is here!’ Word spread quickly. We’d run home to get a nickel from mom to buy a treat. Those good times have been firmly embedded in my mind with the purchase and restoration of the truck.” More of this article available online at

May 2021 Newsletter:
Submitted by David Hibshman

Back in late 2019 I recall reading about a “Phantom 2000GT” or “2300GT”, as some called them, go up for auction and selling for about $809,000. I had looked it up at the time because it intrigued me having never heard of this car from that era. While I could see the influence on 70s and 80s era Celica GTs it had a much more premium Italianesque sports car body shape that I hadn’t associated with a Toyota for that timeframe. Turns out the car auctioned off was prototype #1 of 9 built with none ever going into production which is why I’d never seen one. Based off the already scarce Model MF10 cars, 337 produced from 1967 – 1970, it was targeted specifically for United States sales. It sported an upgraded engine from a 2000cc DOHC to a 2300cc SOHC, which was more maintainable, 3 Solex carburetors, output 140ps @5800rpms, and moved to the steering to the left side. This particular car was one of 2 automatics built. It’s rare to see something like this come up for auction, but I am glad it did, otherwise I would never had known about it.

April 2021 Newsletter:
Friend of David Hibshman

While I was sitting in the hospital with COVID induced pneumonia earlier this month I had a view of the ambulances arriving. It reminded of ambulances of old and how they were often modified luxury car brands and of station wagon format. A friend of mine has a couple of these sitting in a garage in Ephrata, PA that my grandfather used to own. This Cadillac Fleetwood “Medic I” ambulance body was built by coachbuilder Hess & Eisenhardt's Sayers & Scovill (S&S). A 1971 Cadillac commercial chassis was the car's basis, and it was powered by a “Q-code” 472-cubic-inch (7.7-liter) General Motors-built V8 engine. Medic I was rated at 365 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 rpm. Fuel delivery was via a Rochester 4MV four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor. Power was sent to the differential via the threespeed Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. Built when gas cost about 36 cents a gallon, the 7,500-pound car returned about 10 mpg.

March 2021 Newsletter:
Jack and Joyce Wright

This is our new ride. We found the car at Memory Lane Automotive in Ephrata, PA. The Ford [presumably the 57 Fairlane shown in the Sept. 2020 newsletter] was too powerful and costing too much money. We traded the Ford and some cash in to get this Chrysler. We think we made a pretty good deal.

February 2021 Newsletter:
Mark Wagner

I saw this truck 2 years ago at the Cars For Kacie car show held annually at the Downingtown Senior High School and it stood out to me as I’d never known they existed. Obviously built off the bus platform the first generation was produced from March 1950 through the end of the 1967 model year. It came with a 1,192 cc (72.7 cu in) 22 kW (30 PS; 30 bhp) air-cooled flat-four-cylinder boxer engine mounted in the rear, a split windshield, a flat engine cover, and fold down sides to go with the tailgate. It is one of the early examples of forward control design where the driver is placed over the front wheels. The owner explained the reason they are so rare was due to the Chicken Tax of 1964 causing light truck imports from Germany to have a 25% import tariff, virtually causing them to disappear from the US by 1971. David Hibshman

January 2021 Newsletter:
Mark Hibshman

Despite losing function of one of his legs from Polio as a child my grandfather Mark Hibshman was self-employed as a chauffeur in the Ephrata, PA area for nearly 40 years between the 1910s and the 1950s. He was locally known for his ability to double clutch by making use of his walking cane. He bought his first car with pneumatic tires in 1917. The cover photo is a picture taken in 1937 of a bus my grandfather had ordered from Studebaker in 1936 upon winning a contract to bus school students for the Ephrata Area School District. At the time he likely parked this bus in the same garage that I wrote about breaking into as kid in 1980 in the January 2020 CCACC News and Views though it wasn't one of the vehicles parked there in 1980. I have no knowledge of what became of this vehicle. An Uncle of mine provided me this picture back in 2007. The bus was built on the 2M truck platform and featured a 6-cyl L-head Waukesha 263 cubic inch engine that made about 80hp. The body was most likely fabricated by Patchett and Carstensen I am told, but cannot confirm. David Hibshman

November 2020 Newsletter:
Jack Robinson

I purchased the car from Joe Gallagher on June 19, 2000. Joe rebuilt the engine a few years ago and then had a hard time driving the car because it did not have power steering. So, I would take Joe out for a drive in the Plymouth. That is how I ended up purchasing the car, because we got along. Joe had purchased the car from Tom Leach, a past member of the car club in 1959. They both worked at West Chester Ford (Fred Beans Ford now). Tom had purchased it from the Plymouth dealership in West Chester at the time, and it had been bought new there on January 1, 1941 from the same dealership. So the car has always been in the West Chester area. It was Joe's everyday driver from 1959 to 1975. The date on Joe's registration card for the antique plate was dated July 22, 1975. I don't know how that happened since it was short of 25 years. Joe took the car to Hershey and got a Historical Preservation of Original Features Badge for the car from the Antique Automobile Club of America. Joe has always stopped to visit me at my house, so now he stops to visit me and the Plymouth.

October 2020 Newsletter:

I saw this car at a show at the Downingtown East High School last year along with a BMW Issetta. While I‘d known of these “micro” cars I hadn’t actually ever seen one in person. The distinctly German design, and name, of these cars always intrigued me along with it being very tiny, using just 3 wheels, and having a bubble top. I thought it would be fun to dig find out more about them. After WWII and following Germany’s defeat, Messerschmitt wasn’t allowed to build aircraft for 10 years. So the German firm switched to microcars following a cooperation with engineer Fritz Fend, who previously built enginepowered invalid carriages. Built from 1955 to 1965 in around 30,000 units, the KR200 is one of the most iconic and popular bubble cars ever made. Seemingly inspired by aircraft design, the KR200 features a canopy-style roof that opens onto one side and a centralmounted driver’s seat. In the back, it either had another seat or a small bench for up to two people. This layout allowed the body to taper like an aircraft fuselage with a wider front end with two wheels and a really narrow rear end with just one wheel. The bubble-style canopy allowed decent headroom, while the steering bar was reminiscent of that of an aircraft and drivers had to swivel it around its axis rather than rotate it as a conventional steering wheel. The mechanism was connected directly to the track rods of the front wheels, providing an extremely direct response best suited to small amounts of movement, unlike other common steering mechanisms which involved reduction gearing. The gearshift lever had a secondary lever on it which, when actuated, would put the car in neutral regardless of what gear it had been in before, although the transmission would have to be shifted back to first before the car would be able to move from a standstill. The tiny 500-pound car features a 191-cc (0.2-liter) two-stroke, single-cylinder engine built by Fichtel & Sachs. The engine is good for almost 10 horsepower, which is laughable by any standards. However, the KR200 can achieve a top speed of 56 mph, which is rather impressive given the output.

September 2020 Newsletter:
Jack and Joyce Wright

We bought the car at Moms Auto Mall. We had it towed home on a flat bed truck. We got it home and drove it around and found an oil leak. I took it to my mechanic up the road from our house at Troupe Automotive Inc. We found out it was a basket case. It had a bad oil leak and cut wires and a lot of other things were wrong with it. Took all winter to get it running right, and it took time to find parts for it. It was never driven to car shows. It was towed to car shows and unloaded before car shows and loaded back up. We finally got it back after paying over $6000.00.

August 2020 Newsletter:
1970 Datsun 240Z

I have been seeing an increase of the 70s Datsun Z cars at shows around the area the last couple of years and watching their auction prices rise as well and thus thought it would make for good newsletter fodder. These cars are now selling upwards of 50K for mint low mileage versions. The Nissan S30 (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z) is the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupes, produced by Nissan Motors, Ltd. of Japan from 1969 to 1978. One of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, the trend-setting S30 was designed by a team led by Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan's Sports Car Styling Studio. Seeking to compete head-to-head with established European sports cars, Datsun priced the new 240Z within $200 of the British MGB-GT in the United States, a five-year-old design that showed its age. The 240Z's sleek styling, modern engineering, relatively low price, and impressive performance struck a major chord with the public. Positive response from both buyers and the motoring press was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists for the "Z". As a "halo" car, the 240Z broadened the acceptance of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox image. Datsun's growing dealer network compared to limited production imported sports cars manufactured by Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat ensured both easy purchase and ready maintenance. All variants of the S30 have four-wheel independent suspension consisting of MacPherson struts in front (borrowed from the Nissan Laurel C30) and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard. The 240Z used twin SU-style Hitachi one-barrel side-draft carburetors with engines producing 150 HP. These were replaced on the 260Z with Hitachi one-barrel side-draft carburetors beginning with model year 1973 to comply with emissions regulations, resulting in diminished overall performance. A Bosch designed L-Jetronic electronic fuel injection was added to US market 280Zs in 1975 to compensate. Continuing through the 1975–1978 model years, other non-US markets still received the 260Z coupé and the 260Z 2+2 hatchback—the two-door, four-seat model.

July 2020 Newsletter:
Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept

In the early 1950s, GM was desperate to portray its Pontiac brand as sporty and exciting, in order to attract a younger demographic to showrooms. Reportedly inspired by the cars he saw vying for speed records on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, Harley Earl tasked designers Homer LaGasse and Paul Gilland with building a car worthy of the Bonneville name, one that would give the rival Chevrolet Corvette a run for its money. The result was the Pontiac Bonneville Special concept, of which only two were ever built. Like the production Chevrolet Corvette on which it was based, the Pontiac Bonneville Special concept was a lowslung sports car with a fiberglass body. Unlike the original Corvette, however, the Pontiac concept featured an enclosed bubble cockpit with flip-up side windows, along with eight cylinders beneath its long hood. Though rumors of a V-8 from GM had been building since 1953, company executives feared that showing such an engine in the Bonneville Special, even in dummy form, would potentially delay already sagging Pontiac sales. Instead, the Pontiac concept carried a inline eight-cylinder engine fitted with four side-draft carburetors, good for a claimed 230 horsepower. Inside, the first Bonneville Special borrowed heavily from aviation-inspired design cues. Floors weren't carpeted, but instead used brushed aluminum with rubber ridges for traction; the shifter for the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission resembled a lever to raise and lower landing gear, and the full instrumentation included a clock, compass and manifold temperature gauge (all reportedly purchased from an aircraft salvage company to save time). Outside, the concept wore a coat of metallic copper paint, and even its Utah license plate was meant to evoke images of speed. Among its most noticeable features, however, were faux oil coolers, machined from aluminum stock and mounted to each front fender, along with the functional Continental kit that intentionally resembled the exhaust outlet of a fighter jet. Launched at the January 1954 New York City Motorama, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Bonneville Special proved to be a crowd favorite, and construction began on a second example. This debuted at the March 1954 Motorama, held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Painted in metallic green, Bonneville Special number two carried a simpler interior with fewer gauges and minor design changes, but was a fully functional driver, equipped with the same inline-eight engine as its predecessor. Following its time on the Motorama show circuit, number two was sent on a nationwide dealership tour before heading into retirement. As David W. Temple points out in his book GM's Motorama, the Bonneville Specials were supposed to be destroyed when their days on tour were over, but (luckily) that's not what happened. It isn't clear exactly who saved the cars from the crusher, but at one point, car number two was owned by Joe Bortz, who currently owns Bonneville Special number one. Joe sold Bonneville Special number two to Denver collector Roger Willbanks, who in turn funded a ground-up restoration completed in time for the 2000 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. In 2006, Bonneville Special number two was acquired by Ron Pratte at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale, Arizona, sale. While the Pontiac Bonneville concept never saw production, it did accomplish its mission of helping to paint Pontiac in a slightly less stodgy light. A decade later, the Pontiac GTO would help to solidify the youthful image of the brand, one that would last nearly until the brand's demise in 2010. Oddly enough, the Pontiac Solstice, a two-seat convertible (and later, coupe) produced from 2005-2010 carried styling traits from the Bonneville Special, including a long hood and pontoon-style front fenders, scaled back for contemporary tastes. It's fitting that Pontiac's last two-seat sports car would pay homage, even in a small way, to the two-seat concept that helped to usher in a new era for the GM division. The Pontiac Bonneville Special crossed the stage in Scottsdale, Arizona, in January and sold for a hammer price of $3 million.

June 2020 Newsletter:
Marilyn Gaines Eaton

This month’s newsletter features a semi-restored 1968 VW Bug, proudly owned by Marilyn Gaines Eaton. The car lived most of its life in San Diego County, California. Fred Gaines Jr. found it for sale in the fall of 2000 at a privately owned Volkswagen repair shop in nearby Lemon Grove, California. The vehicle had recent mechanical work and a paint re-spray. After a visual inspection, Fred Jr. did not see any rust on the car, the body was straight, and a subsequent test drive revealed a smooth driving beetle. It was equipped with a four speed manual transmission. The interior was original and in so-so shape, and the upgraded 1776cc motor ran fine at that time. The condition of the body alone was worth a purchase. Of particular note were the solid floor pans that had been undercoated. So Fred Jr. made an offer on the spot and acquired it. Fred Jr. drove it about a year and half in San Diego. Unfortunately the firewall shield material peeled away and caused the engine to cease. The paint job turned out to be sub-par. After some thought and research, Fred Jr. decided to do a mini restoration. Fred Jr. negotiated a “fill in the gaps project” timeline at a reduced cost at a local shop. This included a brand-new 1600cc motor, added on headers, new interior including the factory OEM matched padded dash, new exterior hardware (to be supplied) and new paint. Not being as mechanically inclined as his father, he focused on what he could do. Fred Jr. loosened the fender bolts, removed and tossed the fender beading, removed and disposed of the bumpers and running boards, headlight covers, taillights, etc. before a short drive to the body shop. Those parts are still inexpensive for beetles, as the classic platform VW Bug was in production in South America until just a few years ago. He supplied parts to the body shop for re-assembly. Fred Sr. and Pat visited Fred Jr. in 2002 and visited the body shop where the paint prep work was underway. Fred Sr. noted the condition of the car (no rust) and expressed interest in acquiring it. A PPG color matched to the OEM code paint job (including pulling all glass and trim) was completed. New exterior hardware and fender beading were popped on. The motor was installed and the interior work was finished. It was shipped to the east coast once repairs were completed. It resided with Fred Sr. and Pat for a number of years. Fred Sr. noted the car would “start right up” even after sitting for 6+ months at a time. When Fred Sr. passed in 2016, his daughter Marilyn expressed interest in acquiring it from Pat. She has owned it since 2017. Marilyn takes it on occasional spins in the neighborhood, and hopes to get it to more events in the future!

May 2020 Newsletter:
Fred Gaines Jr.

Fred Gaines Jr. is the proud “second family” owner of this all-original, numbers matching vehicle. The first owner was from Chester County and kept the car in a climate controlled garage, passed it to his son, and then Fred Sr. and Pat purchased it in 2003. Fred Jr. purchased the vehicle from his mother in August 2017, and had it shipped to San Diego, California. His parents only put 1,500 of the 62,000 original miles on the car, equipped with the optional Thunderbird Special V-8 Engine (312 CID). Other factory options included Ford-O-Matic Drive transmission, Full-Flow Oil Filter, Oil Bath Air Cleaner, Swift-Sure Power Brakes, Master-Guide Power Steering, IRest Tinted Safety Glass, Convertible Fabric Top, MagicAire Heater, Rear Fender Shields, Full Wheel Covers, Windshield Washers, Exterior Rear View Mirrors, Back-Up Lights, Color-Keyed Tonneau Cover, Lifeguard Padded Instrument Panel, Lifeguard Padded Sun Visors, Lifeguard Seat Belts, Radio, Fordomatic automatic transmission. The car is a rare example of an all-original survivor. Fred Jr. had mechanical work done once it arrived and the repairs retained the OEM configuration. These included a radiator re-core, windshield washer pump, and new Coker wide white wall tires. The paint was buffed and a ceramic coating treatment was done to the original chrome and paint. Fred Jr. was able to obtain California “Year of Manufacture” license plates with a 1956 stamp! These plates are another option in the Golden State. Most antiques and classics in California are not registered as such in California (too many of them!). Next on the “to do” list includes some interior work and addressing the radio tubes. He tries to do what’s best for an old car – DRIVE IT! Fred Jr. takes it out nearly every weekend along the Pacific coastline and occasionally to coffee and car events. The T-Bird purrs like a kitten, thanks to the diet supplement of 102 octane boost/lead additive with fill-ups at the gas station. The car seems happy in its new home!

April 2020 Newsletter:
Jan and Meredith Voboril

This car and it’s owners are not part of our club, but the car has an interesting story if you haven’t heard it. Wayne Carini, of the car show Chasing Classic Cars fame, reportedly bought the car, un-driven and un-molested since 1931, in a garage in Georgia as he revealed on his 2016 season show opener. Purchased new at the Boston, Massachusetts, Stutz agency in 1921 by an Army Officer serving in the Medical Corps, the car traveled with him to his next posting, in Silver Springs, Maryland. A map detailing driving routes to this location was found in the car. After his time in Maryland, the officer was reassigned to Georgia in 1931, and the Stutz traveled with him. The car was put away in a garage in 1931 where it sat for the next 83 years. The car has just over 10,000 miles on it. The Bearcat was introduced in 1912, inspired by America’s first sports car, the 1910 Mercer Raceabout. Bearcats remained in production until 1934, when Stutz fell victim to the ongoing Great Depression. It features an 88-hp DH engine, their first to feature a removable cylinder head, that can output about 88 horses. After some cleanup by Carini and repair by Stutz specialist Evan Ide, including new plugs and wires, a new water pump, and fresh pushrod guides, the unrestored, now running, car rolled onto the lawn at Pebble Beach where it won the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance FIVA Award for most significant pre-war car. A year and half later Carini would sell the car to the current owners for about $510,000 less the auction premiums ($534,000 total). The new owners plan to leave the car in it’s current condition.

March 2020 Newsletter:
William Moore

My grandfather, Earl Olmstead, bought this Ranchero on 9/12/1967 at West Chester Ford. Sticker price $3045.20. Options were 289 2V V8, C-4 Cruise-O-Matic trans, white wall tires, power steering, and am radio. He passed away 6 months later, and my grandmother, Myrtle, kept it till she passed in 1981. She did not drive. It was driven to the Poconos twice a year and used for errands and had 18k miles when my parents got it. It now has 51k. The 1967 Ranchero came in 3 trim levels. Fairlane, 500, and XL and is a 1 year only body style. There were 5300 built with this Engine/Trans code and 358 with this paint/ trim code. Approximately 17k total were built.

February 2020 Newsletter:
Bob and Veronica Owens

This model Mercury Eight with original Sheffield Green paint runs like new thanks to a carburetor re-build, some tune up work, new door hinges and brand new tires. Manufactured in California, and titled in Arizona, it was purchased by Bob and Veronica in Dover, DE. It is a 4-door, rust-free model with “suicide”-type doors, flathead V-8 engine, electronic ignition, and a “3 on the tree” standard transmission. We enjoy taking this beauty for long drives and seeing the reactions of classic car lovers wherever they go.

January 2020 Newsletter:
David Hibshman

I've always had an interest in cars from the 20s through the 50s. The styling from that era has always appealed to me. I went through a phase as a little kid where I spent much time drawing pictures of cars from that era; they weren’t very good:) In my early teens I broke into a garage down the street from where I lived. To my surprise parked in it were some dusty and rundown, but awesome, cars and buses from the 1930s through the 1950s. One was a late 40s/early 50s Chrysler limo with suicide doors that looked much like this Dodge but a little longer. Unknown to me until well into my 30s this garage was built and owned by my grandparents. Mark and Cora Hibshman ran a busing and chauffeur business, Hibshman Transport Lines, out of this garage from 1929 through 1964 in Ephrata, PA. I found out in the mid 2000s that some of the cars in there around 1980 when I broke in used to be theirs; so I guess this solidified my love for these cars. I was so sure I would one day own one that I put it on the list of things my girlfriend said yes to when I asked her to marry. The plan my now wife and I made was to wait to purchase until after our 3 kids moved out, but that plan changed a few years ago when I lost a much loved brother at only 46 years old. I immediately sought to purchase an antique car to enjoy now while I am still here and my wife understood. Within 3 months I found this car in Bristol PA and bought it. I used the money my late brother left me to help pay for it. The car reminds me of something my grandfather might have owned and driven, my kids really enjoy it, and I think of my brother every time I drive it. In the passenger side rear wing window there is sticker of a hockey jersey with a #44 on it. That was my brother’s hockey jersey number. In a small way he rides with me whenever I take the car out. I hope he’s looking down and enjoying the ride as much as I am.

November 2019 Newsletter:
Bob and Linda Patton

This is the 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe convertible that I bought from Russ Swallow. Color is Plymouth Cream with a black top. It’s my first MoPar, my first “three-on-the-tree” and my first convertible. Quite a culture shock after driving a Porsche 911 coupe for 42 years! The car is in good shape, but had a few issues and needed a few items. I got the convertible top working (yes, it’s electric/hydraulic, not manual), but then there was a fuel issue to be sorted out. The car got a new gas tank and a carburetor rebuild, and now it runs well. I took it to our car show in May and back to the Kimberton Fair Grounds again in July for a gathering of about 12 cars on the last day of the Kimberton Fair. Summer is fading and winter is around the corner, but I hope to be able to get to more shows and a few parades next year.

October 2019 Newsletter:
Al and Sky George

Some people are curious as to why I bought a 1954 Chevrolet and not a 1956 or 1957, both very popular. The simple answer is that this year and model was the one I learned to drive on. Back then the car was 11 years old and cost $75.00, the insurance was $600.00 per year. The 1954 was a great car that gave me the ability to go anywhere I wanted to and know that I could plow through snow with the best of them. It was the car that I drove down the windy, scenic Rt. 100 South to Lenape Park when I dated my wife Sky. We both have many happy memories of riding along, listening to the songs of that time and feeling cool air blowing through the windows at us with an enormous autumn moon shining above. Sky and I go out for rides once or twice a week, down that same road, and out to the local orchard where we pick up a pie or have an ice cream cone. This car won first trophy, 1st place GM at the Ciocca Car Show in September. I searched for a year and found this car online. It was in Wisconsin so I had it inspected and shipped to us. The car is all stock except for the electric system which was converted to 12-volt from 6-volt. The car in 1954 sold for $2,061. The average salary that year was $3,960 and the average house cost $8,650 and gasoline was $ .21 cents per gallon. Sky and I are very happy with our car and glad we found Lou Mandich of the Last Chance Garage because he keeps this beauty runny smoothly! Happy Motoring! Wave when you see us.

September 2019 Newsletter:
Ernie Jamison

The 1958 Chevrolet was a photo Ernie Jamison sent months ago. Ernie did not provide a story with it, but I am sure if you ask, he will tell you all about it.

August 2019 Newsletter:
Throwback Photo

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July 2019 Newsletter:
Jerry Schneider

I bought my 1987 BMW 635CSi on March 23, 2005. It was one of the featured cars at the 2008 Hagley Car Show. It has a 3.4 liter, overhead cam 6 cylinder engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission and is air conditioned. Plenty of power and comfort. Of all the cars I have owned (46) this is my favorite.

June 2019 Newsletter:
Lou Mandich

In September of 1945, a new company entered the automobile business. Joseph Fraser and Henry J. Kaiser joined forces to produce Kaiser and Fraser automobiles. They chose as their manufacturing center the famous war-time bomber plant at Willow Run, about 26 miles west of Detroit. It was to become- for a time- the largest automobile plant in the world under one roof, and the fourth largest producer of automobiles. Kaiser was well known to the public as he had overseen Liberty Ship production while Fraser had experience in the automotive industry; both knew that there would be a pent-up demand for new cars when the war ended. The first Kaiser- Fraser cars came off the assembly line by June of 1946. They were very similar cars- with the Fraser being the more upscale of the two. Both cars had Continental 226 cubic inch 6-cylinder engines; the Kaiser deluxe and the Fraser had two barrel carburetors with an automatic choke. Horsepower was listed as 112. A 3 speed Borg- Warner manual transmission was standard; Overdrive was optional. The new of 1946 slab sided design was dated by 1949; many remained unsold and were re-badged as 1950 models. Kaiser was to soldier on for 5 more years with new styling- but dated engines. This particular car had been in long term storage near Williamsport PA since 1968. It has the original interior and paint. It has 67,000 miles on it. and is very tight and responsive at highway speeds- not a rattle in it and is very easy and pleasant to drive now that that its needs have been addressed. It needed new brakes; tires; a new exhaust system; steering adjustments; the horn and wipers repaired. and the fluids flushed and changed. Someone had recently cleaned the gas tank and changed the head gasket and performed a tune up before it followed me home. The car is HPOF eligible- and if I still have it next fall I will probably see if it gets that designation next year at Hershey.

April and May 2019 Newsletter:
Tom and Judi Deane

We purchased our 1947 Chevy Style Master from a long time club member. This car was in good condition. having only 44,000 miles of travel. The car came with a vacuum shift which is a little different than your stand stick shift, (No speed shifting). After some wiring and fuel system repairs, our car was ready for some high speed driving, 55-60 MPH

March 2019 Newsletter:
Ed and Anne Hilbush

For the last year I have been searching for a 1 or 2 cylinder to use on the early brass tours. The prices were out of sight and I figured sooner or later one would come my way, with a price that was in my budget. Well little max came to me thru the Horseless Carriage website and the price was within my budget. I called the owner who was a Priest and the car was located in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. We corresponded via e-mail and on the phone several times and I decided to make him an offer, which he, now to tell Anne. GULP Our family plans were to spend Christmas in Florida with ALL the children and new grandchildren so I asked the good Father if he could hold the car until we got down there and he agreed. On Sunday before Christmas my son Tim and I went down to pick up the car and return to Tim’s house. We had the car out and running around the next day, everybody got a ride. Just a side note Anne did not kill me but that may have been on her mind, until we drove down the road, she was hooked. A friend who had a car just like mine said learning to drive little max would be a tricky affair and truer words were never spoken. With practice and some tours under my belt you will see the Maxwell at our car show.

February 2019 Newsletter:
William Moore

My father,Ralph Moore, bought this car around 1949 from a farmer in Oxford. He used it as a second car, driving from Glenmore to Eagle to work. Even in snowstorms (I have tire chains). After joining our club in 1952, my family was very active in the club, doing many tours and shows. The dash is covered with plaques from shows and tours in the 50s. Including the first 3 years of Hershey. All before I was born. Around 1957 my dad spent a month putting 24 coats of lacquer on the T. When he brought it home, my sister, who was 4 years old wanted to help daddy paint. She opened a can of white house paint and painted most of the back of the car before being caught. She's still alive! By the time I came along, the touring stopped and the car spent the next 15 years stored in barns and garages and only came out for special occasions. We built a garage for it in the 70s and I started driving it for fun when I got my license. We moved the car to my garage in the 90s. I replaced the seats and tires, had the trans and rear rebuilt, freshened up the engine, and started showing and enjoying it again.

January 2019 Newsletter:
Russ Swallow

My 1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL has found a new home in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. In February 2017 I had it moved to my brother and sister-in-law’s home in the sunny south. Since that time Judy and Bruce have enjoyed touring the area around Myrtle Beach with the top down throughout the year. Although I loved this car tremendously, I had too many vehicles to devote much time to this specific one. Therefore, I felt that a new home might offer the car better attention. The car arrived in Murrells Inlet on a cold Saturday morning. After driving the Mercedes a few times, Bruce uncovered a few items that needed attention. Specifically, these were: when warm the idle was in the neighborhood of 1700 rpms; the odometer and the clock in the dash were not working; and the headlights and fog lights were not working. In investigating the fixes for these issues Bruce found the internet to be a huge source of information. Obviously, not all sources on the internet contain the correct information. But, he said if you look through five or six articles and the same information repeats in each, you get a comfortable feeling that the information might be correct. In fact, Bruce uncovered a fantastic source for repairs on older Mercedes through Either for free or for a small fee, mechanic Ken Bergsma will take you through a step by step process to repair older Mercedes automobiles. There is one final item that needs attention. The fuel accumulator needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, since Bruce does not have a lift, he must rely on a local European car specialist. Being retired does offer one certain advantages, the time to enjoy those things in your life that you never really had time to do while working full time. Hence, The Convertible Top is Down, all year ‘round! This story is a follow-up to the cover car and story in the January, 2012 News and Views; although this month’s picture affords one a better view of the car – not from the rear!!

November 2018 Newsletter:
Steve and Christine West

Early in 2017 Steve began to really look at purchasing a fun car for he and I to just enjoy taking out for rides in the country or possibly attending car shows. We were seriously considered buying a motorcycle for the day trip aspect but were talked out of that thought by our children. They all felt that was a risky idea. Imagine, the Wests' taking risks???? It took quite a lot of talk on my husband’s part to finally have me look at this Camaro on the lot in Frazer. I have very strong feelings about Camaros. They must be stick shift and have that signature purrrrrrrrr. Needless to say, one test drive later, I was hooked and we purchased the car within the week. Haggled a bit with the sales person but really did get a pretty sweet deal. 2002 6 speed black in and out 350. Tee tops dual exhaust and it gets up and goes! too much fun to drive. We only take the car out if the roads are dry and Steve graciously lets me drive, at least while it is light out. My absolutely favorite thing is flying down 202 with the windows open and the radio cranked up. Good for the soul. Of course, my husband is usually white knuckled on the dash!. We have not actually shown the car yet as we are new to this game but this year we have attended at least 20 shows and are having a blast.

October 2018 Newsletter:
Lou Mandich

At one of the Chester County Car Club meetings at Byers Hall in early 1976, during the “Sell and Swap” portion of the program, Whitey Lairson announced two trucks for sale in Phoenixville PA. One was a 1932 B Ford; the other a 1946 Chevrolet Pickup. At the time; I had started a fledgling junk hauling and garden plowing business using the 1932 Ford BB 1 1/2 ton stake truck I had purchased in 1972 from Fred Taylor. The ’32 Ford pickup was tempting- but at $1200.00 was too rich for my blood (John Cremers bought it)- but the Chevy was just the ticket- and the timing was right. I had learned about Gravely tractors and had purchased one with a rotary plow setup from Walt Taylor- however the 10-foot ramps were steep and getting it up and down from the Ford stake truck was hazardous- so the Chevy was immediately pressed into service with 6-foot ramps. It was now a simple matter to load and unload the Gravely. From late March until mid- May. I usually plowed about 20- 30 small gardens during that time-with a simple ad “Gardens Rotary Plowed” in the Kennett Paper; the rest of the time- I ran an ad that said” Old Trucks Need Work”- and was the “Sanford” of Kennett Square. This was the ideal part time job for a school teacher- as most teachers had two jobs in those days; coaching or working the evening shifts at grocery stores. I could make my own schedule doing moving and cleanout jobs as needed. During the winter a 4-foot plow blade or a snow blower were attached to the Gravely and- as school was either delayed or closed during snow storms, I had several small parking lots and neighborhood sidewalks to plow. Later- I was to add a 1932 Ford BB dump truck to the fleet and was now delivering Mushroom soil and coal as well as hauling junk with any- or all- of the three trucks. Over the 40+ years I have owned the Chevy, it has given good service with regular maintenance- and has been usually kept inside. During the late 1970s when we had a series of heavy snows; chains got me around when almost nothing else was moving in those pre- SUV days. This was prior to the heavy salting and brining that we have now. It has hauled innumerable coal and wood stoves and the occasional piano- as well a large array of furniture and junk over the years. It is still my truck of choice for heavy objects as it has a low loading height compared to newer trucks. For the first 25 years of my ownership the questions were: “Why don’t you get it painted? Or “When are you going to restore it?” Now – the comments have changed to “I hope you are going to leave it alone”. As a result of its shabby appearance it was in two films; “Dead Poets Society” and “School Ties”; for the latter I was told” Don’t wash it”. The Chevy has made regular trips to Hershey for the Flea market and was awarded an HPOF certification some years ago. My oldest daughter, Victoria, has fond memories of the truck and drives it when she can; it was featured at the Hagley “Pickup Trucks” show in 2013 and again in their ‘Barn Finds’ show in 2016. Chevrolet trucks retained their pre-war styling with some bright work replacing the painted grilles and bumpers of the pre-war trucks. They featured a 216 “Stovebolt” engine and a 3-speed transmission. They were very popular and sold well. I have found the truck to be durable and reliable. It has required maintenance – of course-but so does everything else. I recommend that club members pay close attention to “Sell and Swap”- who knows what may turn up?

September 2018 Newsletter:
Walt and Jeanette Kramer

We have owned this Ford for over 15 years. We have enjoyed driving it to many shows and it is a major winner. After receiving its Jr. & Sr. Award with AACA, it won the AACA Senior Grand National Award, a top honor. We are also a member of the Early V-8 Club and traveled to Dearborn, Michigan and received the Dearborn Emeritus Award.

August 2018 Newsletter:
Ernie Jameson

July and August not good newsletter months. I am going to blame it on the heat and the rain. I mailed Ernie’s photo after the meeting in June and the printing co. had not received it by my deadline, July 10th, so quickly I sent digital, The Zerbe sisters which appeared on the July cover. Four days after July cover was printed, they called and said they received the photo via snail mail, and would keep it for our August cover. Ernie did not give me a story to go with the photo, however, he did have a few items listed on the back of the photo. They were supposed to return the photo, however, as of the printing of Aug. newsletter, it has not arrived. Hopefully Ernie will be at our August meeting and will give us some details about the Nova.

July 2018 Newsletter:
Various Members

I know you are asking why our cover shows CCACC cars enjoying a run to Zerbe Sisters in 2011. I have 3 actual photographs from 2 members which have to be mailed to our printer in Ohio. Well, now I have 2 as the one I sent for our July newsletter was received late so it will now be our August car. Not sure what the delay was with our postal service. It is not only easier but more efficient if I can receive via e-mail –

June 2018 Newsletter:
Joe and Susan Karas

“What is that?” I asked my brother Ron as I stared at the green-skinned gargoyle with the huge teeth in the driveway across the street from his house. “I think it’s a DeSoto,” said Ron. “It belongs to Warren, who lives next door with his sister, Betty. Warren is elderly and not allowed to drive anymore, so Betty is selling the car. Why? Are you interested in buying it?” I’ve always liked old cars, especially cars from the 1950s. “Do you know how much they’re asking for it?” I asked. Ron laughed. “So you are interested. Well, Betty told me that someone offered $2,500, and they turned him down.” “Dad, you should totally buy it!” exclaimed my teenage daughter. “That’s a lot of money,” I said. “And if they turned down $2,500, they might be looking for a good bit more.” During dinner, I said to my wife, Susan, “If I could buy it for less than $5,000, I think it would be a really neat car to own.” “Well, maybe they’ll give you a neighborly discount since you’re Ron’s brother,” Susan replied. I made arrangements to look at the car a few days later. Warren’s sister, Betty, appeared when I knocked on the door. “So you’re interested in Warren’s DeSoto?” she asked, peering at me through the screen door. It appeared that Betty was going to do the negotiating for her older brother. “Does it run?” I asked. “Yes, but it needs a new battery.” Betty unlocked the car, and I slid behind the huge steering wheel with an icon of Hernando DeSoto in its center. I imagined heads turning as I drove around town in this 1950s-sized behemoth. I slid back out and crawled underneath the car. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, but I didn’t see any holes, heavy rust or things hanging down that looked like they shouldn’t be hanging down. I took that as a good sign and crawled back out. “Let’s take a look under the hood,” I said, trying to sound like I knew something about cars. I lifted the hood, which weighed a ton, and I stared at the engine. “Yep, it has an engine,” I thought to myself. I closed the hood. Next, I opened the trunk. It looked clean and contained a spare tire and jack. “Well, the car looks pretty good to me,” I said. “What are you asking for it?” “What are you offering?” she responded, tossing the ball back into my court. I thought for a few moments how I should handle this negotiation with what looked to be a wiry lady in her late seventies. If she turned down $2,500 like my brother said, how high should I go without costing myself more than I had to? “How about $3,000?” I offered. “How about $2,500?” she shot back without blinking an eye. “Well, $2,500 sounds pretty good to me,” I smiled. “I just want to be sure I’m finding a good home for Warren’s car,” she said. “He loves this old car. It belonged to our father. We’ve known your brother Ron for years, so I feel I’m doing right by Warren selling it to you. Another fellow offered me $2,500, but I didn’t like him and knew he wouldn’t be able to come up with the money, so I turned him down.” “Thank you very much,” I grinned. “I really will take good care of it.” Betty and I talked a while longer and arranged that I would meet her and Warren the following Saturday to pay for the car and transfer the title. Then I got in my boring minivan and drove away. In a matter of days, I would embark on a new adventure – behind the wheel of a 1950 DeSoto!

May 2018 Newsletter:
Mike and Helene Reitman

Went to a Drive In at a friends Dealership last June. When we got there he had this 1988 Corvette that was just traded in sitting next to his 1978 Pace Car Corvette. I asked if we could take it out for a ride and he said why not! As soon as I sat in the drivers seat I knew I found my new hobby. It is a great car and it has been a lot of fun participating in car events and parades this past year and am looking forward to upcoming events and meeting more great people. The Chester County Car Club has been a lot of fun and it has been great being involved with everyone.

March and April 2018 Newsletter:
Bob Davis

I bought this 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner convertible from a California family based on a professional inspection and 82 photographs. Having been a Ford fan and having owned convertibles including a 2008 modified Mustang, a 1993 Mustang fox-body convertible, a 1971 LTD convertible and a raggedy 1960 Ford convert. I wanted this green turnkey dry California car. In 1990 a frame-off full restoration was done. Modifications performed included a metallic green paint over some desert rose original color, customized white rear quarter paint, beige leather interior, and several upgrades to the engine including a 4 barrel carb, dual exhaust (Ford did not offer in 1954), and chrome all over including the exhaust headers. It’s a real treat for me.

February 2018 Newsletter:
Lou and Barb Mandich

One of the customers at the Last Chance Garage purchased this car from a collection in Nebraska several years ago. It came here for service - so when they decided to sell it - they offered it to me. Though I was reluctant to sell the Packard- I had been impressed with the quality of the Buick and the fit and finish of the Fisher body - and decided to go for it. Besides-4 of my first 6 cars were Buick straight 8s and I had a soft spot for them. The Packard was sold to Tom Johnson-a nearby collector from whom I acquired a Willys- Knight in partial trade-so the Buick became ours in late September and the Packard has a good home. Buick offered 4 models for 1937; Special, Century, Roadmaster and Limited. The Roadmaster rode on a 131” wheelbase and is powered by a 320 cubic inch straight 8 OHV engine. It has a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio so is very comfortable at highway speeds. We are looking forward to touring with the Buick in 2018.

January 2018 Newsletter:
Walter and Jeanette Kramer

We bought this car two years ago. It needed a paint job and it had been restored by Greg Glauner Auto Body. It has a 239 cubic inch, 100 horsepower engine with overdrive. In 1950 they produced 398,060. We enjoy driving and showing this car. Also we are proud owners of a 1950 Conv. which will be on a future cover.

November 2017 Newsletter:
Jack and Fran Rawson

I owned a 1954 Belvedere after high school and sold it 20 years later for $100.00. I looked for 5 years for another. In 1999 Walter Kramer found one in Hemmings Magazine. We flew out to Sequim, Washington and I bought it and had it shipped to Pa. It was in good condition, but I had it completely restored in 2000. The car has won many trophies and is an AACA National First winner as well as a Senior Grand National Winner. This Belvedere was the highest price model of that year, costing $2,115.00, and they made 6,900. There are only 29 left Nationally of which 4 are in Pa. 1954 was the first year for power steering and power brakes. This model has 110 horsepower, 6 cylinder engine and 3 speed manual transmission with overdrive.

October 2017 Newsletter:
Lou and Barb Mandich

Willys- Knight automobiles were built between 1914 and 1933 by Willys motors- which also built the Willys- Overland.Willys Overland had a conventional engine- while Willys- Knight had a sleeve valve engine. “The Engine Improves with use“ was a sales slogan that was actually true- as carbon built up on the sleeves, compression and performance increased. While conventional engines needed de-carbonizing and valves refaced every 20- 30,000 miles, a Knight engine would last 100,000 miles without rebuilding. Willys- Knights were also called “Silent Knights” as the sleeve valve engines had no valve noise. They were built in 4, 6 and 8-cylinder versions. In the end, advances in metallurgy and lubrication along with advances in overhead and side valve engine design made valves quiet and reliable and sleeve valves lost their advantage. The 1924 Model 64 was a mid-level automobile of 42 horsepower and a 118-inch wheel base and sold new for $1125.00. It was equipped with a Knight engine, a three-speed transmission and 2-wheel mechanical brakes. This car spent most of its life in Hazelton PA where a cosmetic restoration was completed in 1970. Tom Johnson of Kennett Square overhauled the engine after 106.000 miles and added a Volvo Overdrive for touring. I was moved to acquire this car as my grandfather owned a nearly identical vehicle and several family pictures exist to confirm this bit of family history.

September 2017 Newsletter:
Irenee DuPont, Jr.

My wife gave me this brand new 1956 Volkswagon Convertible for three reasons: (l) – It was our twelfth Wedding Anniversary. (2) – I kept borrowing her car every time I needed to drive fellow employees or customers. (3) – The dog often slept in my old car, so it didn’t smell very nice. This Volkswagon opened a whole new automotive world. A small car is fun to drive. A convertible is fun to drive. Getting the maximum power from a small engine is fun too. Its first six years were almost trouble-free. A broken valve at 78000 miles restored to me the joys of hunting junkyards for parts. Amateurs can easily remove & repair that little engine.

August 2017 Newsletter:
Bob & Kat Iezzi

My need for speed arrived in the form of a new 2001 Corvette, maroon colored, six-speed manual transmission, in the fall of 2000. Chevy, claiming the Vette could reach a top speed of 175 mph, was an inspiration - so I rented time on the Pocono Raceway. After a few practice laps, the Pocono Raceway instructor gave me the thumbs up! I must admit the concept of braking before the turn and accelerating in the turn was a bit troublesome, but didn’t slow me down as I hit 140 mph in 4th gear. Adrenalin pumping, plenty of peddle left and two more gears, I could not let myself slow down (as my instructor was yelling!) until the last second before the turn! Well… suffice to say, I left the Pocono Raceway several hundred dollars poorer and frustrated I did not top 140 mph. Fast forward … my wife and are driving the Vette to Arizona. On the lonely, flat, straight, great visibility Kansas Turnpike, inspiration struck again. I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Vette to stretch her legs. My wife, from the Midwest, reminded me the State Patrol likes to hide in the tall, prairie grasses. I said, “No way, we haven’t seen a car in hours.” I hit the peddle. 1st gear, 2nd gear, 3rd gear, 4th gear, hitting 140 mph and still accelerating (along with my pulse!) and two more gears to go! I am flying! Finally, I am on my way to 175 mph! …Wait! What? Sirens and flashing lights in the rear distance? Nooooooo. The State Patrol does hide in the tall prairie grasses! Ooohh,… I pull over. Explaining to the Officer why I am going 140 plus mph on the KS Turnpike, I told him of my desire to test the Vette to her capacity, my story of the Pocono Raceway, and that I am quite the ordinary safe driver. The Officer, after a quick check, acknowledges I have a clean driving record, and appreciates I actually told him the truth. He does not appreciate the 140mph! However, the Officer does tell me instead of confiscating my car and throwing me in jail (and leaving my wife stranded in Kansas!) he will issue the ticket at 120 mph, I can mail in the $562.00 (ouch!) fine, and my wife and I can continue our vacation ….. together! As my sweaty hand accepts the ticket, I realize the Red Rocket (as I affectionally call my beloved Vette) and I will likely never experience 175 mph, and… I also will not know the inside of a Kansas jail cell!

July 2017 Newsletter:
George Beebe

Having been without a Woodie for over 7 years, I decided to change my luck! So, who do you call when you want a Woodie? Lou Mandich of course, he usually knows where to get a Woodie and he didn’t let me down (my wife affectionately refers to Lou as the “car Satan”). He mentioned a 1940 Chevy that just didn’t do it to me and he also mentioned an owner that he thought wanted to sell his 1935 Ford Station Wagon Deluxe. I eventually got through to the Ford owner and he did in fact want to get rid of his Woodie and pass it along to me! Like any Woodie worth its’ salt, there was a price to be paid but I am happy to pay it for a good Woodie. The seller had bought it in 1992 and it had been shown at Hershey in 2012 receiving a 2nd (hydraulic brakes replaced the original mechanical brakes). The seller had also added a Columbia rear. Lou was a great help in getting me lined up with a transporter to bring it down to me in Florida. The Last Chance Garage also gave it the once over and made some adjustments and minor repairs before it shipped out. I am looking forward to once again showing off my Woodie to anyone who wants to see it, it’s a beauty!

June 2017 Newsletter:
Ed & Anne Hillbush

Meet The Hilbush’s Anne and Ed will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on October 22, 2015. We have always had some sort of old car in the garage and toured with our local car club, hauling 5 kids, on weekends and 3 and 4 day tours. In 2007, we attended our first Glidden and we were hooked. On that tour we took our 1935 4door conv. Sedan. In 2008, we took the ‘35 to Lacrosse, WI. We renewed friendships with several folks who had attended the Gettysburg Glidden. Now we were one of the gang. In 2009, we decided to change things up a bit and took our 1913 Buick touring. Again, everybody was so friendly. We made several close friends and had a blast with that old car. By now touring had worked its way into our blood. Now that touring was in our blood, we just couldn’t bear to miss a Glidden tour and really looked forward to the next Tour, so off we went to Golden, CO in 2010 with our ‘35. Again, a wonderful tour and well done by the Denver folks. In 2011, we again took our ’35, only due to the mountains, and I thought that 4-wheeled brakes as much better in the mountains than the Brass cars. Cumberland, MD was a huge tour and well run. 2012 was the year of our marathon touring. Besides the Glidden in Texas, where we took the 1913 Buick, we did 6 other tours. I was now retired and ready to take whatever car was first in the garage and off we went. By the end of the season, we were toured out but antsy for 2013. Off we went again in 2013, doing tours from Florida to Vermont, mostly in the 1913 Buick. All but Chattanooga, again mountains and 4-wheeled brakes seemed the thing to do, so we took the 1935 Ford. 2014 was the year of the Brass tours and we did 4 tours that year with the 1912 Flanders. The little car had a mind of its own, but we had a good time touring even though it was so small 3 bottles of water filled the only empty space available. All in all the Glidden Tours have become a part of our travel in retirement and we have made many close friends. So we are changing it up a bit more this year and have our 1914 Buick, which is tour proven and should serve us nicely this year.

May 2017 Newsletter:
Bill Moore

The car pictured here is a 1934 Plymouth Sedan. My father purchased this car in 1974, as a very worn and tired project car. While the body was solid, the drive-train was seized. So the car was completely disassembled, and a street rod conversion was begun. My father had never built a street rod before, and I was only 5 years old, so this car served as our "text book" on how to work on cars. There was a lot of trial and error for sure. The car was put on the road around 1978, and was painted the black and gold you see in the picture around 1982. The car was driven about 10,000 miles until 1997. At that time, my father's health was deteriorating, and the car was parked in a garage where it sat, untouched, until 2012. In 2012, I pulled the car from its storage, and rebuilt the fuel and brake systems, as well as replacing hoses, belts, tires, and gaskets. I drove the old Plymouth around 1500 miles, and then in November of 2015, I tore the front of the car down to fix some nagging steering and suspension issues. I had planned to have the car back on the road in spring of 2016, but it actually took until October 2016 to rework the chassis and correct all the issues (the more I dug, the more problems I found). The car still looks like it did back in 1982. There is a 30 plus year patina on the chrome and paint, but now it runs and drives much better than it ever did.

April 2017 Newsletter:
Chuck & Audrey Storm

Here is one that was not put away for the winter. It is in Florida! It is a 1978 Benelli Mo-Ped. made in Italy.the company was started in Pesaro,Italy in 1911 as a garage and built their first model in 1920. We bought it in 1997 at a Auction in Lancaster County. Brought it to Florida and has been used ever since. We got more than our money worth out of it.

March 2017 Newsletter:
Jerry & Eleanor Parsons

For a Christmas present in 2012 Brigid Parsons gave her husband Brian a ticket to the Barrett Jackson car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona. Her mother-in-law Eleanor Parsons also decided to give Brian’s father, Jerry, a ticket as well to keep Brian company. What a mistake!! The two had so much fun at the auction that they are not allowed to go anymore. They came home with three cars. A 1969 GTO that was owned by Alice Cooper, a Shelby Cobra Kit car, and this 1920 Hudson Touring car that was part of the featured car exhibit at the show. This 1920 Hudson was a Muscle Car in its time because it had a Super-Six 76 horsepower motor which was designed by Hudson for the army tanks of WWI. The huge in-line 6 was so large that Hudson had to beef up the car frame just to handle the weight! At the time the Fords and Chevy had around 25 HP so the 6-cylinder Hudson’s ate them up. It was rumored that many police cars couldn’t catch the Super-Six! In fact, the 1920 Hudson held many speed records for years. Base price of the Touring car was around $2,000. This car is from the west coast and has been part of collections for years. Also, this car has been part of the 2009 and 2010 Mozart Tours traveling 500 miles per rally. So the Parsons are glad to bring this gem back to the east coast and especially Chester County and the CCACC!! You can see this car around the area especially at CTDI’s annual company car show in early September at CTDI’s headquarters in West Chester. CCACC members are welcome to join in the fun and BBQ. Of course bring your cars!!!!

February 2017 Newsletter:
Bill Moore

My first car in 1985 was a 1969 Dodge Charger, red, with a 318 V8. My father and I painted that car, and later I sold it to my father so I could buy the 69 Charger pictured here in 1986. This car was a 78,000 mile, two owner (2nd owner bought it in 1971), 318, AC with console shift car, that was green on green. My father and I tore the car down upon purchase (paid $900 for it!), and immediately repainted it the Dark Metallic Blue that is seen in the picture from my wedding in 1996. In 1997, the car was repainted again, and this time the color chosen was black with a red RT style stripe, which it still wears. The original engine was pretty used up when I got it, so a September 15, 1969 dated 383 Magnum found its way under the hood. I still own this car today, and have driven it about 60,000 miles in the last 30 years (including almost 3,000 miles this year alone). It’s a great running and driving car, and although it is showing its age in quite a few ways, I still look forward to climbing behind the wheel and going for a drive.

January 2017 Newsletter:
Mark Cursey

This is our 1961 Corvair Lakewood 700 Station Wagon. We have the history of ownership back to about 1976. In 1976 it was titled in Enola PA and then in 1992 it was sold by the Corvair Ranch in Harrisburg to a CCACC member. The wagon was kept in Downingtown and was a member’s car for many years. We purchased the car in October of 2013 and became members of CCACC shortly after that. Many members may recognize this car from club events or local shows over the years since the wagon has been in the CCACC for about 25 years!

The Corvair Wagon was offered for two years (61/62) and was built on the same platform as the sedans. The roof line, windows, rear interior and engine dipstick (filler) are the only major differences from the 4 door sedan. The wagon has an air cooled 6 cylinder (horizontally-opposed) engine sized at 145 cu in and rated at 80 hp. This one is a 2 speed Powerglide and has the high end trim package (700 series). It is mostly original except the engine block, interior upholstery, roof liner and some maintenance items. It has been repainted but with a very good color match of the factory Roman Red. The wagon is fun to drive and the Corvair stories we hear at events are always comical. The most commonly heard comment is “I never knew Chevy made a Corvair wagon”. Driving down the road we always get lots of thumbs up!

November 2016 Newsletter:
Jack Denton

I bought the car four years ago from a gentleman in Nazareth PA. It is an unrestored original with some possible paint work. It now has a little over 39,000 miles. The interior is original and the rear seat has a very high quality seat cover from new. Being a Century it has the Roadmaster eight cylinder engine with 320 cubic inches and 141 horsepower. Century Buicks carried that name as they were certified to achieve 100 mph.

October 2016 Newsletter:
Lisa & Bud Tarr

I don't know a lot about cars, but I know that starting with my first Oldsmobile, a 1976 Starfire, I became a huge Olds fan. I went on to own a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera International Series and a 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue. I was devastated when it was announced that the Oldsmobile line was going to be discontinued. Fast forward to the CCACC meeting in September 2015. Jerry Schneider was there, and he mentioned a 1970 Oldsmobile convertible for sale. When I asked him a few questions about the car after the meeting, he told me he had already given the owner's information to Bud! We were fortunate enough to be able to buy my Delta 88 from its original owner. He took us for a ride before we bought it, and believe it or not, that was my first ever ride in a convertible with the top down. Now it's my car! Cross that one off the bucket list!

September 2016 Newsletter:
Jack Denton

I bought this motorcycle from a long time friend of mine a few years ago. As with all my antique vehicles it is used regularly. It is restored and is a Hershey senior winner. It has a 45 cubic inch engine and runs along comfortably at 45 to 50 mph.

August 2016 Newsletter:
John Waltz

I purchased the truck in the mid sixties from Ed Botto of Coatesville. He bought the truck from Coatesville Country Club. No-one seems to know how or when the dump truck arrived at the club. The best guess is it was a donation from a member in the thirties. The only thing missing was the doors. I put an ad in the C & D, National Chevy Magazine which sent me to Brooklyn, N.Y. to a junk yard that had a pair of doors. Now it was a complete truck. I listed it for sale – No interest – It then became a permanent addition to the barn. This year it went to its first outing at the steam reunion at Rough & Tumble where many of the construction men used it to haul dirt. Hard to believe since it is a hand crank dump truck.

July 2016 Newsletter:
Michael Piscotty

Hello, I’d like you all to meet “SASHA”. I named her this because I thought she looked so sassy. I saw her the first time in a picture, like some of us did, and I said I just have to go and see her. I traveled down to Kentucky and after several brief moments of gazing at her, I said I had to bring her home with me. Her prior caretaker said she would do 10.90s in the ¼ mile. I thought at the time that this was just another one of those tall tales, you know, like how big the fish was that you caught that day. Well, even if that was partially true, she would still be able to beat a brand new vette in a straight line. When her engine started, my heart felt the excitement and I knew we were going to be together for long time. When she arrived at her new home, I did a title search and found out that she had been with 6 gents (me being one of them) in 7 months (slut?). Each person though must have done their little something in making her the lady she is today. She has larger lifters, a new welded exhaust, new electric fans to keep her engine cool and brake systems completely redone. I suspect she has a high performance cam as well. I was impressed. She now resides on a lift that I bought just to keep her happy. I have rebuilt or replaced all of her front end. I added a dual master cylinder, new brake lines and will be adding power steering. As you can see, her headlight is drooping on one side so I’m going to add my personal touch to get both lights up at the same time when I flip on the switch. She has been modified to be a Pro Street looker. No I don’t mean a lady of the evening but one which has a big fat beautiful rear end. That’s what turned me on! Sorry, guys….you can look but no touching. I haven’t enhanced her interior yet but I can see that none of her recent men have done so either. I actually feel somewhat inadequate in this area. But as we all know, when we start a new relationship, we have to work at it to make it better. It’s going to take a bit more time to get her in shape and off to the cosmetic salon but she will be worth all the time spent on her. I hope when you see her you will stare at her for a long time. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to tell she’s embarrassed because that will be the color of her high gloss makeup.

June 2016 Newsletter:
Lou Mandich

Patina is a 1918 Buick E45 Touring Car. She was actually a stable mate of my driver quality 1918 Buick that I bought in 2007. The previous owner’s father had started to restore this car while driving the one I had purchased. He never finished it- and though I was offered both cars by his son in 2007- I couldn’t afford them. Then – in the fall of 2011 I heard a rod knock in my 1918 Buick while driving back from Auburn heights- and so I assumed the worst. I called the owner and asked if the project car was still available- it was- and he offered it to me and would deliver it for a fair price- so I bought it. Meanwhile –we discovered that the oil starvation problem that had caused #5 rod bearing to fail was a small piece of Teflon tape that had wiggled loose and had jammed the winker oil indicator. Furthermore; the rod bearing needed new Babbitt bearings but the crankshaft was quite round enough and undamaged- so we sent the rod away to be re-babbitted and put it in Buick #1 and all was well again. BUT- what to do about Buick #2? We had already mounted the body on the frame and got it to run- when Irenee duPont saw it and offered to rent Buick #2 for use at Granogue for “Jalopy Tours”. As I had no place to keep it- I agreed but said that – since it was being kept in such elegant quarters- no rent was necessary as he was providing storage- so we exchange imaginary checks every month. We named it Patina and over the past few years I have added lights, a horn, feed sack upholstery-- and a PA Antique plate and insurance – so now Patina is street legal.

April and May 2016 Newsletter:
Steve Crum

I have been a member of the club for a little over a year. This is my 1964 M38A1. I bought it about a year and a half ago. My son Tanner and I have been lovingly replacing all the systems, wiring, braking and steering to make this a safe driver. He is learning to drive the stick shift as well. I don't have a lot of information of where this vehicle might have served other than only the Marines were still buying this model by 1964. The Army had switched to M151 Mutt. There were no data plates but the Vin number is in line with the engine number. It appears that the engine is original. It would have come with a 24v electrical system. A previous owner converted it to 12v. The CJ5 was the civilian version. The M38A1 had a heavier suspension and frame as well as other additions. My first Jeep was a 1958 CJ5 that was also my first vehicle. I bought it just before my 16th birthday in 1972 with $500 of hard earned grass cutting and snow shoveling money. I drove it through High School and then moved on to another vehicle that had a heater. I did spend as much time under the 58' as driving her. I painted her bright orange and put a new black soft top on. I was never in the service but, my father was a WWII vet who served in Europe. I had a Great Aunt that was a Major in the WACCs on Eisenhower's staff and a Great Uncle that was a WWI vet. As with many of these older vehicles we are just caretakers of a piece of history. Many thanks to all who have served.

March 2016 Newsletter:
Bill Weber

I have had this car for over 20 years and it was my first collector vehicle. I had a 1940 tudor sedan in high school but always wanted the convertible but couldn’t afford it. I found this one in Grand Rapids Michigan in dire need of attention but I decided to take on my first amateur restoration project. So I bought it, towed it home, and have been working on it since. First job was to split it and replace the rusted floor pans and from there on it has undergone a metamorphosis but still all original with all steel body and overhauled drive train. Has all L/B top and interior and much monetary investment along with my labor. I am fortunate to be able to own many other cars but this one has nostalgic value for me. Lou Mandich even added a couple small welding jobs recently to pretty much finish the project.

February 2016 Newsletter:
Walter & Jeanette Kramer

We purchased our 1950 Ford two door sedan in the summer. It was previously owned by Dean Jones. This is not a show car, we are using it as a daily driver. Looking forward to driving it and having fun.

January 2016 Newsletter:
Russ Swallow

In the summer of 1963 while vacationing in Atlantic City with my family, I came to admire a car that I knew I would want later in life. Each year General Motors showcased their new automobiles in a display on Steel Pier. When I sat in the driver’s seat of the NEW 1963 Buick Riviera I felt like a pilot in the cockpit of a jet. This car had unique lines, designs and styling which were ahead of their time and still look great today. Being one of General Motors' most striking post-war designs, this new personal luxury car began as a tribute to the La Salle brand, spearheaded by a pair of miniature La Salle grilles on the front of the fenders. The car was originally dubbed "La Salle II." The new Riviera’s target was Ford's full-figured, but still-sporty and very successful, Thunderbird. The car was intended as General Motors' answer to the Thunderbird and was priced about $80 less, but the buyer got so much more. The plan from the beginning was to build 40,000 cars a year, which Buick did in 1963. The Riviera is equipped with Buick’s 401 c.i. Nailhead Wildcat 445 engine which produces 325 hp. It features a high level of standard equipment, which includes a V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, front and rear bucket seats with soft vinyl upholstery, full wheel covers, carpeting, a fully lined trunk, and much more. Cost New - $4,333. I purchased this car in late August, 2015 after my brother and I drove halfway between Erie and Buffalo to a town along Lake Erie called Fredonia, NY. I had asked my brother to help do something and he replied “What Now!”. Hopeann proclaimed that the new name of the car.

November 2015 Newsletter:
Ed Hilbush

I always wanted a brass era Model T. While attending Lou Mandich Chester County historical show in April this year, I asked if he knew of any around the area. Well he did and gave me the phone # of the widow of George Knox, who was a long time member. She had one of George’s T, a 1914 touring. Well we started negotiations and I finally bought the car on August 6. With help from Danny Mowery, Paul Nelson and Bob Bruce we went to the Knox home and loaded the car in the trailer. Three days later we went around the block and off we went. The T needs a little attention like transmission bands and various other small items but all in all I think I got a great car with local history. Even Anne was excited about the first drive. Well, at least I think she was.

October 2015 Newsletter:
Bud & Lisa Tarr

Our first introduction to “Marooned” was in the early Fall of 2010. Jack Robinson, who has been a good friend for many, many years, called me and said he had something I might be interested in. He proceeded to tell me he had this ‘50 Ford that he had picked up and after he got it home, he found he was getting a little cramped for space, and he asked if I would have an interest. Well, I kicked it around in my mind for a little while and then we went over to see it. Well, the visual was love at first sight, and the ride just confirmed it. We came home the proud new “caretakers” of “Marooned” – all 100 hp of her Flathead V8, her fancy crushed velvet custom seat covers, her side pipes (which are hooked up), aftermarket 56 Olds spinner hub caps and skirts, and last but not least, her paint which is a 1984 GM color along with pin striping and her name on both front fenders. Lisa and I have had and continue to have a great time sharing our charge. We have met and continue to meet really great people who share a common joy – preserving a piece of history that, when behind the wheel or just riding in, takes us back to a time when things were a lot simpler.

September 2015 Newsletter:
George Beebe, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

I am the original owner of this stunning example of a Schwinn mountain bike. 12 gears and hand brakes with a steel frame, I purchased this beauty in 1989 in Oxnard (more than just a pretty name) California from the dealer right off the showroom floor! I chose the Schwinn metal flake blue which is the universal color for boys. Not highly optioned, I added aftermarket accessories to make this baby mine! They included a kickstand and a water bottle holder. Riding it a very short time after buying it, I realized that the cargo space was very limited (I wrote to Schwinn complaining that their engineers should have thought of this issue) so I was forced to add an under seat saddle bag which has since been removed due to poor quality issues. This bike is loaded with all the safety features of the era including reflectors front and back and the latest life saving feature of the time – reflectors built into the pedals! I toyed with the notion of adding fenders but thought at the time (and still do today) that the addition of fenders would wreck the sleek lines of this classic vehicle. It has only about 500 miles on it, having used it in California for two years mostly as a daily driver back and forth to the office. Returning to Pennsylvania in 1991 caused the bike to sit in the garage unused (have you ever tried to safely ride on the Chester County roads?) for 19 years. Once we moved to Florida in 2010, I performed a total frame on restoration involving wiping the frame off, WD40 on all moving parts, new tires and tubes and a new seat. Tires and tubes were dry rotted and the seat, while still looking and feeling the same as ever, became very uncomfortable over the years. I think the Schwinn folks cut corners on the seat! I added an aftermarket “cushioned” seat that is quite a bit nicer when riding. Unfortunately, this is the only classic currently in the stable right now but I am ever hopeful that an old woody will join this one someday.

August 2015 Newsletter:
Jim Mattia

I bought my 1951 Ford Shoebox in upper New York in the middle of November 2014. Had it shipped down in the next few days. Car is a little on the rough side. I put new bumpers front and rear & all new chrome on the front. Changed headlights to halogen black dot, with turn signals in the headlights. Added new Eagle GT tires on the rear. I had 1964 Buick Skylark spinner hub caps which I put on and really looks good. I put new door glass and hood and door poppers. Changed manual brakes to power brakes, Cadillac booster and Caddy brake pedal and Corvette dual port master cylinder and new brake lines. Changed column shifter to floor shifter with center console. I am now installing power steering.

July 2015 Newsletter:
Wayne and Gay Davison

This is our 1972 Lincoln Mk IV. This car was originally sold in Adel, Iowa. It has travelled only 67,000 miles. The paint is mostly original save a repair to the right rear quarter panel at one point. It is finished in a fairly rare color of Pastel Lime with a completely original dark green cloth interior. These Lincoln MK IV's came with a host of standard equipment including Climate Control, Cruise Control, as well as power steering, brakes, windows, seats, and antenna. This car also has the optional Auto Dimming Headlamps and Am Stereo Radio with 8 Track Player. We have enjoyed driving the Lincoln to a number of shows locally including Hershey last October where it received the HPOF Award. By far our most memorable trip was when we entered our Lincoln in the Hemmings Concours d'Elegance held in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. last September winning first place in the preservation class! The picture shows Gay in line for the award. We were also quite proud when MC and host, Ed Lucas, chose our Lincoln to ride back from the rally and luncheon held at beautiful Lake George. Apparently Ed has owned several of the MK's over the years! You probably know Ed as he does the commentary for many of the big auctions including Barrett Jackson. We drove the Lincoln to and from Saratoga Springs and it performed beautifully. We look forward to attending many shows with it again this year.

June 2015 Newsletter:
2015 Kimberton Car Show

Our annual car show held Sunday, May 24th was a huge success. Weather was perfect, volunteers did an excellent job and we had 397cars and that was only on our side of the field. The VFMC club had 272 Mustangs. A big thank you to David Shingle, Car Show Chairman, Kevin & Nancy Stevenson, Pre-Registration and Joe & Nancy Toner & their committee, Day Of Show Registration. Those parking the show cars moved the cars right along and space was getting short. Our fellows controlled the spectator parking and handed out the sponsor books. Thanks to Bill Campbell for stepping in toward the end and saving us with getting several ads for the Sponsor Book. Impossible to name everyone that worked so hard to make the day go smooth, but you all know who you are and it was much appreciated. All in all it was a great show and thanks to Rich Parson, Hugh Purnell & Jack Stretch for supplying the photos for the cover and the newsletter.

May 2015 Newsletter:
1967 Beetle - David & Denine Summers

My name is Bailey and here is my story. I was purchased new July 31, 1967 at Pitcarin Volkswagen Morrisville, PA by Mr. and Mrs. Lyman G. Schermerhorn, Jr. of Morrisville, PA. Serial Number 117789010 VW 113 Sedan Ruby Red. I spent most of my life in the Morrisville area owned and maintained my Mr. Schermerhorn. Pitcairn VW did most all my normal maintenance and repairs throughout the years. Mr. and Mrs. Schermerhorn also owned a VW bus at one point in time. I had an unfortunate fender bender on the left front which cost Mr. S $1,130.00 to repair in November of 1972. Son James Schermerhorn and his wife Beverly of Downingtown took title to me in November of 1994 at 42,213 miles and I stayed with them in their barn while Jim drove and worked on me when he had the opportunity, but I had to share the barn with Jim’s Austin Healy, but that was OK. In September 24, 2005 at 44,111 miles David and Denine Summers purchased me from James and Beverly Schermerhorn, and registered the V.W. Beetle as an Antique. After several months of reviewing the condition of the vehicle it was decided that we would proceed with a full authentic restoration of Bailey. The 40K original miles had been fully documented by state inspection receipts. After the restoration Bailey returned to the road in the summer of 2008. On July 26th 2008, I attended my first carshow, The York County VW & SPVWC 6th Annual Summer Sizzle and I took Best in Show peoples choice.

April 2015 Newsletter:
1957 Chevy - Jack & Joyce Wright

Finally winter is gone and it is car show season. Time to get those antique/classic cars on the road, and ready for our show. Our show is a lot of work and takes a lot of members to step up and volunteer to make it easier on everyone. Car show flyer in this newsletter; put yours in the mail today.

March 2015 Newsletter:
1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD - Jim Mattia, Jr.

I bought this 1969 Pontiac Firebird T-Roof in Delaware in 1980. It was in gray primer and had a locked up 350 engine which I knew I could rebuild. I rebuilt the 350 and installed it in my son’s 1969 LoMons convertible which he is still driving. We painted the Firebird in 1983, flat yellow and had it pinstriped in 1984. The Firebird has had many engines, a 389, two 400’s and a 350. In l987 I installed a 1971 Olds 455 and it was there until 2006, when I changed engine one more time, a 1968 Cadillac 500 engine and as of today it is still there. Over time I put an Olds Hurst, T-Top, a trans and shaker hood scoop and front spoiler. It has power steering and power brakes. Car runs excellent and it is a daily driver in the summer.

February 2015 Newsletter:
1958 AUSTIN HEALEY BUG EYE SPRITE - Paula & Jim Bewley

I bought this Sprite in Aston PA in 2007 from another contractor I met on a house remodeling job in Swarthmore. I was looking for a smaller project after the 1932 Chevy was finally done. The Bug Eye was rough, but still a good example of a 1958 which was the first year for this model. It was one of the first cars made with a uni-body construction. The cars body # 8283 shows that it was the first car off the assembly line available with a hard top. Other than that claim to fame it is just another fun little car to try to enter or exit with two knee replacements! I spent six years restoring the car. It has a whopping 43 hp engine with 4 speed trans. It could hold its own against most of the tricycles in the 4th of July Malvern parade. We have the AACA Senior Award and Concourse Healey Bronze so far. Like any of our cars, the best time spent is behind the wheel.

January 2015 Newsletter:
1973 Mustang Convertible - Natalie Gomez

When Ford announced the 1973 Mustang would be the last convertible, I had to have one, however, financially, it was not a good decision at that time, but that did not stop me, I ordered my 1973 Conv., Bright Green Gold Metallic, Black Top & Interior. Power front disc brakes, power top with glass backlite, color keyed carpeting, knitted vinyl bucket seats, 302 8 cyl. eng. were std., and my options included auto. trans., GR78x14 WSW radial tires, convenience group, power steering, console, deluxe Bumper group, AM radio, protection group, color keyed racing mirrors and wheel covers. Sticker Price $4,037.69. Dealer cost $3,491.76. Back in those years so many customers felt the dealer was making so much money on a car and had a large mark up, and as you can see on this car, mark up around $500.00. My invoice to purchase the car was $3,560.00 which included undercoating done at the dealership. I got involved with First Pa. Mustang Club in 1976 and drove to Coopersburg, Pa., once a month for the meetings. A lot of fun times and fond memories plus many friends. In 1981 Dick Matthews, owner of Matthews Ford in Paoli phoned to see if I had any interest in pursuing MCA to obtain a charter as a Regional group in our area. Seven or eight of us met in his basement for a few months and started to get the word out and VFMC was formed.

November 2014 Newsletter:
1868 Built by James F. Hill (Submitted By: Chuck Storm)

This vehicle was built by 13 year old James F. Hill of Fleetwood, Bucks County, Pa. It was first powered with a steam engine. It was replaced by a one cylinder converted steam engine to a gasoline engine which he was granted US pat #711.628. The car was banned from the streets of Fleetwood because of the fear of such an unconventional vehicle. Since the one cylinder had trouble negotiating the hills around Fleetwood, he installed a converted steam to gasoline 2 cylinder that is still in it today. The State Bureau of Motor Vehicles has issued a certificate of title covering what appears to be the oldest gasoline motor vehicle in the United States and perhaps the world. In an affidavit made before Charles V. Glynn, Notary Public, of Fleetwood, Hill declares he built the car in 1868 and asserts that about 1905 he received State Permit #56 allowing him to drive the car for which he paid $2.00. The vehicle is housed at the “Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles”, 85 South Walnut St., Boyertown, Pa., Phone 610-367-2090. If you visit the museum, look at the sewing machine steering wheel, the cooling system and farm equipment parts in its construction.

October 2014 Newsletter:
1932 Chevrolet BA Confederate Cabriolet-Paula & Jim Bewley

I purchased this project car from Ed’s used Cabriolet sales right here in West Chester in 1985. How hard could it be to restore a car??? I used to make car models as a kid. With no idea how to approach a restoration project like this, I dismantled the entire car. There were cans & cans of nuts & bolts, brake parts, bearings, etc. with no labels or photo’s. The frame was bent, most of the wood was rotted and the sheet metal rusted thru in many areas. I had a photo of a Cabriolet and could see what a beautiful car it would be, so I decided to accept the challenge. Model cars are much easier. My father gave me this advice when I got my drivers license. Cars are for transportation only. If you want or use them for anything else, you will never have a dollar in your pocket for anything else. Sorry Dad! The Chevy was originally made at the GM plant in Argentina. It was a right hand drive car converted to left hand prior to our ownership. Out of the 323,100 1932 Chevy’s built, 7066 were Cabriolets. The down draft carburetor was new in 1932. The 60 horsepower 6 cyl. engine has a lot of pep. I spent over 20 years searching for parts, researching and taking photo’s of other Cabriolets. The car was completed in 2005. It was displayed at the Phila. Auto Show, which was fun. With the help of the Hilbush’s, and the Mowery’s we went to Greensburg, Pa., Warren, Ohio, Dover, De., and the Gilmore museum. We have awards including Senior Grand National and received the President Cup Award in 2006. We thoroughly enjoy driving the car to Hershey or anywhere else for that matter. Honk when you go by. We may just wave back. The horn doesn’t work, but please don’t tell the judges.

September 2014 Newsletter:
1956 Austin Healey BN2 (Healey 100)-Paula & Jim Bewley

I purchased this car in the car corral at Hershey in 1999. While driving it home via the turnpike, the linkage stuck taking me up close to 100 mph. I put it in neutral and turned off the key as I coasted to the shoulder. All the linkage looked dry, so I pulled the oil dipstick and used the oil to coat everything. That solved the problem and it has proven to be a reliable, enjoyable car ever since. This body style was introduced in 1953. Production for the 1956 year was 4,034. The “100” cars had a windscreen that could be placed at a much lower angle for racing. From 1957 thru the end of production in 1967 the windscreens were not moveable. The A.K. 3000 was the most popular model made. Our car has standard 4 cyl., 96 hp. Engine, 4 speed trans.with an electric overdrive. We enjoy driving it all year with the top down, of course, you can’t beat the back roads of Chester County.

August 2014 Newsletter:
1957 CHEVY TOWNSMAN-Tom & Barb Buddenhagen

We recently acquired 1957 Chevy Townsman. Purchased from the Hershey Museum in December. It was a donated car that had only two previous owners. The car has only 50,xxx miles and runs well. It had a restoration in 2005 and was repainted the original color. We have had front power brakes and steering installed and upgraded the badly worn out interior. Hopefully the Townsman will be ready for spring.

July 2014 Newsletter:

Thanks to his generosity, I have been the caretaker of Bob Ferguson’s Rolls- Royce Suburban since we took it out of long term storage and revived it in 2001. Before Hershey, the AACA held its shows at the Devon Horse Show grounds. This car was at the show and took second in its class, as I discovered about 5 years ago while looking through an old Antique Automobile magazine which covered the show. I had already found the windshield card (#225) in the car while cleaning it up. In 1953 my parents surprised me by taking my sister and I to the Devon show. I never forgot it and was forever hooked on Antique cars. I assumed I must have seen the Rolls- Royce that day but didn’t recall it after a day of stimulation recalled nearly 50 years later. Only recently- while looking through old photographs at my parent’s home did I find there were photos taken at that event. Imagine my surprise when I ran across this one… It shows my sister and me in front of this very car 59 years ago. I have to thank my parents and later my wife for their indulgence. A lifelong hobby and a retirement career have been possible largely due to their forbearance, tolerance and encouragement.

Jenners Pond article

June 2014 Newsletter:

Rolls- Royce of America produced their cars in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1920 through 1931 producing both their late Silver Ghosts and Phantom I chassis there. They were- of course- luxury cars and they did not sell complete cars. Customers would order a chassis and have it sent to a body maker (often Brewster of New York) who would produce the body and install the body on the chassis. The Phantom I was a huge car; with a 6 cylinder engine with dual ignition system; the Springfield cars had left hand drive and a 3 speed transmission.

May 2014 Newsletter:
1928 ESSEX: Owners – Ed & Anne Hilbush

Part 2:  Fast forward 12 years to the garage at Ed and Anne Hilbush. We shoved the car between trailers one of the 3 garages until I got serious about finishing the 1928 Essex 2 door sedan. As you can see she sports a new paint job and we are in the process of installing a new wiring harness and soon I hope to be on the road in this lovely little car. When I bought her I thought it would be a good retirement project.  Well I guess it is but now that I'm getting more serious about finishing her I find it is so cold in the shop I just couldn't get the bones going to work in the cold shop so she slid another 6 months.  But THIS SUMMER ..........

April 2014 Newsletter:
1928 ESSEX: Owners – Ed & Anne Hilbush
Several years ago, I purchased this 1928 Essex to restore, however it soon turned into a parts car for the 1928 Essex I am restoring at this time. Sometimes it takes two old cars to make one good old car. I am about 85% finished with the restoration and hopefully you will be seeing the finished product on the cover of a future News & Views this year.

March 2014 Newsletter:
1968 BUICK SKYLARK: Owners – Tom & Barb Buddenhagen
This is our 1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible. We had a 1956 Buick that I sold to get something with a few more amenities. Had a hard time finding a convertible with a/c, ps, pb affordable and a true classic. Found this car on Craigslist in New Jersey. It needed a little work and although we all knows cars are a work in progress ours is close to where we want it to be. It now has all the amenities my wife or I wanted and is a good cruiser. We have tried to keep it era appropriate and very close to stock.

February 2014 Newsletter:
1950 PLYMOUTH BUSINESS COUPE: Owner – Russ Swallow
I spotted this car parked in a driveway while travelling south of Landenberg, PA back in 2005. It was painted Plum Crazy Purple and looked in good shape. Always being a fan of Mopars from the late forties to the early fifties, I asked a friend of mine who lived in the area to investigate whether the car was for sale; it was. We went over to look at the car and found that the body was taken off of the frame and put on a Monte Carlo chassis with a 350 Chevy engine and transmission. The firewall, floor and wheel wells were all cut to make it fit. The owner still had the original frame so we agreed on a price and I brought it home...

January 2014 Newsletter:
1929 MODEL A FORD ROADSTER P/U: Owners – JoAnn & Howard Arnold
Recently acquired, 1929 Model A Ford Roadster Pickup. Purchased this summer in Douglassville Township from an estate sale. Basically in original condition with the exception of hydraulic brakes and a 6 Volt alternator. We named her Elsie Evans after our mothers who are aged 99 & 91. This winter she will go up on jack stands and be gone over from front to back. Hopefully, she will be ready for club runs in the Spring of 2014. Note: Our thanks to Chuck Storm who knew of the truck and mentioned it at a general meeting this summer.

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